Sony has announced a range of new all-in-one systems and AV receivers. All feature Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (a supplied microphone adjusts for speaker placement, distance and delay) which finally brings the brand in-line with its mainstream AV rivals.
There’s also an iPod-friendly Portable Audio Enhancer feature, which applies proprietary digital signal processing to any compressed audio device which is connected, to improve clarity and bass response. Top of the system range is the DAV-LF1H (pictured above), with a top loading single-disc DVD/CD/SACD player able to upscale to 720p/1080i via HDMI.
The system is built around a 32-bit S-Master digital amplifier, and includes five flat-panel speakers and subwoofer. Sony’s proprietary Digital Infrared Audio Transmission Technology (DIAT) allows for wireless rears.
Basically a teched-up version of a design first shown in Japan way back in 2004, it’ll ship into US stores in July, priced at 2,000 Dollars.
All three home theatre receivers have DCAC, but strangely only one offers HDMI connectivity. “People have certain expectations for their home theater experience and these new receivers will certainly help exceed those expectations,” says Philip Abram, vice president of marketing for Sony Electronics’ Home Products Division, optimistically. Top of Sony’s receiver line-up is the STR-DG800, a 7.1 channel model with HDMI pass-through, and that Portable Audio Enhancer. US price is 400 Dollars. Joining it is the 300 Dollar STR-DG600, essentially the same as DG800 but without HDMI connectivity, and a cheap as chips STR-DG500 6.1 model. The only receiver available in the UK is the DG500, priced at approximately 170 UK pounds. Perhaps with wider appeal is the SA-FT1, a flat-panel 5.1 channel speaker system, designed to match Sony’s LCD screens.